Teaching Tip: Teaching Test-Taking

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Fantasy, mystery, biography, poetry, and informational are some of the genres we use during guided reading. Often forgotten, or maybe not considered, is reading for test-taking. This genre demands different cognitive skills that need to be taught for both reading the passage and answering the questions. To introduce this genre to your students, first download […]

Warm Up the Reading Muscles

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I took a month off from my BODYPUMP class this summer. When I got back, I found myself struggling with the weight I was used to lifting prior to my hiatus. I had to use smaller weights. And boy was I sore the next day! But after a few classes, I was quickly back to […]

What about a Spelling Program?

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Spelling is an integral part of word study. During word study, students will learn to spell words that will be useful to them in reading and writing text. If you feel you need a spelling program that goes beyond what students are learning in the word study segment of guided reading lessons, we recommend the following: Reconsider using the same […]

Teaching Tip: Partnering Up

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Some children learn to read almost effortlessly, and others seem to struggle endlessly. I recently started working with a little guy in first grade named Cayden. Halfway through the year, he had pretty much given up. While the other students in his class were engaged in reading and writing, Cayden had perfected the art of […]

Getting Ready for ILA 2018 in Austin!

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Jan Richardson and I are putting the final touches on our interactive session at ILA 2018—What to Do When Kids Just Don’t Get it: Prompting for Deeper Understanding during Guided Reading. A few days ago, Jan and I synced up on video chat and decided to share a bit about our session with you. Watch […]

Summer Reading — It Matters!

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We don’t need tons of research to tell us that some of our students lose ground over the summer because they aren’t reading. We see it in classrooms at the start of each new school year. Students from low-income families often experience the most summer slide because they often lack access to books during nonschool […]

Teaching Tip Video and Handout: Top Tips for Teaching Making Words During Word Study

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In my latest video blog, I’m diving deeper into the Word Study part of a guided reading lesson and sharing some tips about using Making Words. I’ve also created this helpful handout. It includes sample Making Words lessons for levels A through G. Want to see Making Words in the classroom? Check out this terrific free video on literacyfootprints.com to see literacy […]